Edwin Oh, associate professor at the UNLV School of Medicine, will speak at an upcoming Virtual Science Café Las Vegas. His virtual presentation is titled, "Using Human Diagnostic and Wastewater Samples to Track COVID-19 Progression in Nevada"
Although SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, is primarily respiratory in nature, its genetic material can be detected in the feces of infected individuals, suggesting that sewage can be used to surveil community infection rates. Oh investigated the genomic epidemiology and disease emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in the Las Vegas Valley, a major metropolitan area of ~2 million residents with ~ 42.5 million tourists each year. Using wastewater and patient samples from public health labs in Southern Nevada, we analyzed the cryptic introduction of viral lineages over the span of six months from March 2020. Enhanced purification methods and new qPCR probes enabled consistent isolation and quantification of SARS-CoV-2 from wastewater samples. Our data suggest that the genomic approach to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2 across discrete geographic locations and time can be utilized to inform public health decisions and stem interstate dissemination of infectious diseases
The virtual presentation will be presented via Webex.
Meeting Number (access code): 133 784 7720
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